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Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center

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Address: 35 East Quay Road, Key West, FL 33040
Phone Number: +1 305-809-4750
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The Eco-Discovery Center features more than 6,000 square feet of...

The Eco-Discovery Center features more than 6,000 square feet of interactive exhibits, which interpret the resources and management efforts of Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, two national parks, and four national wildlife refuges. Check out the exhibit on Aquarius, the world's only underwater ocean laboratory, the Living Reef exhibit, which includes a 2,500-gallon reef tank with living corals and tropical fish, the live Reef Cam, and other displays that highlight the coral reef environment. The Center is located in NOAA’s Dr. Nancy Foster Florida Keys Environmental Complex on the Truman Annex waterfront in Key West. Admission is always free (and so is parking), so be sure to stop by for a visit!

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great rainy day activity

Very informational. Museum does a great job delivering environmental information on the reef and aquatic life in the Keys. Great 3D mini-movie. Great way to introduce the kids... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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Heltonville, Indiana, United States
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Heltonville, Indiana, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Very informational. Museum does a great job delivering environmental information on the reef and aquatic life in the Keys. Great 3D mini-movie. Great way to introduce the kids to ecological aspect of the Keys before taking them snorkeling for the first time (that's what we did). Has interactive features where you can see little videos of what type of creatures,... More 

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Macon, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This is a great place to kill a little time. The displays were informative, The people working there were helpful. The air conditioning was great!

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King George, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Not only is this place informative about the coral, fish and animal life in Key west but also a nice place to get out of the heat, learn something new and it's FREE!

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Ivanhoe, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I really enjoyed going through the eco center. It was not crowded and was full of information about the ecology of the keys and the threats to the environment. The short film was especially moving. It is a good place to bring children to teach them how delicate our global environment is.

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Orlando, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

We LOVE this place! The City View trolley is the only one that stops here so if you're trying to choose which tour to take, that's the one that will get you there! Be warned, when you pull in to the actual area that the Center is in, it looks like no place you'd ever want to go in to:... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We got off the bus at this stop. It is free admission and you learn many things while visiting. Expect to stay an hour or more. You will tour at your own pace. They do have a short movie they play often. Great for kids.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Great little place to visit, free entry, lots of information about the wild life in and around the keys, including a section of coral and how they are breeding it to re-introduce it back into the keys to help grow the reefs again.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Nice place to get in out of the heat. We loved learning about the coral reef and the Eco system around the Keys

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

It is very small compared to other similar type centers we have visited. It is free and the movie was nice. It was a good way to spend some time out of the sun.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a great way to spend a couple of hours. The exhibits are very well done and informative about the Keys and surrounding area. There are a couple of excellent films along with several small and one large aquarium. As an added bonus, this attraction is free and has free parking both of which are hard to find in... More 

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